DECEMBER 15, 2012 in NEWS
Jihad is a concept that has been manipulated by parts of the media, anti-Muslim sentiments and extremists from all sides of the spectrum. A public education campaign aims to change that.
#MyJihad is a public education campaign sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that seeks to share the proper meaning of Jihad as believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims, bringing forth the voice of the majority that is often squeezed out by two extremes.
In the linguistic sense, the Arabic word ‘Jihad’ means ‘to struggle’ or ‘to strive’. It does not mean ‘holy war’, as mistakenly assumed by many.
The campaign has been putting up public ads on buses and trains as well as promoting the concept on social media like Facebook, YouTubeand even Twitter , where users are asked to use the #MyJihad hashtag.
It was officially launched at a national press conference in Chicago followed by a community celebration event at a gallery.
The crux of the #MyJihad team are students, as well as working mothers who are disturbed by the prospects of their children growing up in an environment of gross misinformation about Islam that has been constantly promoted.
The group has a growing number of supporters and participants and it also hopes to follow up with similar campaigns in New York, DC, San Francisco, Houston and Seattle.
Join the trend with the #MyJihad hashtag!
Published in Blessed Islam